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The Routledge Companion to Production and Operations Management

1st Edition

Edited by Martin K. Starr, Sushil K. Gupta


712 pages | 105 B/W Illus.

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This remarkable volume highlights the importance of Production and Operations Management (POM) as a field of study and research contributing to substantial business and social growth. The editors emphasize how POM works with a range of systems—agriculture, disaster management, e-commerce, healthcare, hospitality, military systems, not-for-profit, retail, sports, sustainability, telecommunications, and transport—and how it contributes to the growth of each.

Martin K. Starr and Sushil K. Gupta gather an international team of experts to provide researchers and students with a panoramic vision of the field. Divided into eight parts, the book presents the history of POM, and establishes the foundation upon which POM has been built while also revisiting and revitalizing topics that have long been essential. It examines the significance of processes and projects to the fundamental growth of the POM field. Critical emerging themes and new research are examined with open minds and this is followed by opportunities to interface with other business functions. Finally, the next era is discussed in ways that combine practical skill with philosophy in its analysis of POM, including traditional and nontraditional applications, before concluding with the editors’ thoughts on the future of the discipline.

Students of POM will find this a comprehensive, definitive resource on the state of the discipline and its future directions.


"This Companion is a masterpiece. By bringing together works of scholars from across the globe, Starr and Gupta have created a companion that reflects on POM achievements to date, as well as exploration of its future. I have no doubt this text will prove an essential reference source for the whole POM community."

Andy Neely, University of Cambridge, UK

"These gifted editors have made a major contribution to the POM field, producing an innovative volume which will have a lasting effect on the profession of POM, practicing managers, and their academic thought leaders. The Companion is superbly balanced in its presentation of theory and practice. The breadth of coverage of this profession and its practices is remarkable and truly a first of its kind. Well done!"

Wickham Skinner, Harvard University, USA

"This book provides comprehensive coverage of the vast domain of POM, the discipline that forms the core of the global economy. The roster of contributors is made up of major POM thought leaders. This book ought to be read by everyone interested in POM and its kindred organizational functions."

Kalyan Singhal, University of Baltimore, USA

"A ground breaking presentation of the state of the art of Production and Operations Management, showing its relevance and application in a wide range of diverse areas. We see an outstanding set of international contributors who are leaders in this emerging field. This volume will be essential reading for both practitioners and academics."

John Buzacott, York University, Canada

"A timely and much needed compendium outlining the current state of POM literature, showing the paths for future practice and research. This is a comprehensive coverage of real-world POM practices and relevant technological advancements; a unique source of knowledge serving the needs of academics, early-career researchers, and practitioners alike."

Norma Harrison, Macquarie University, Australia

Table of Contents

Part I: The Remarkable 500 Years of POM History

1. Evolution of the POM Discipline (Martin K. Starr, Sushil K. Gupta, and Christopher S. Tang)

Part II: Core POM Functions

2. Forecasting: State-of-the-Art in Research and Practice (Nada Sanders)

3. Aggregate Production Planning (Lee Krajewski)

4. Scheduling (Michael Pinedo and Kangbok Lee)

5. Inventory Management (Prem Vrat)

6. Quality Management (Peter Robertson)

7. Facilities Planning (Sundresh Heragu)

8. Manufacturing Strategy (Raffaella Cagliano and Federico Caniato)

Part III: Major POM Categories

9. Supply Chain Management (Henrique Correa)                                                               

10. POM and Manufacturing (Tinglong Dai and Sridhar Tayur)

11. Service Strategy and Design (Aleda Roth)                                               

12. Product/Process Design and Technology Management (Cheryl Gaimon, Manpreet Hora, and Karthik Ramachandran)

13. Project Design and Management (Tyson Browning)

14. Lean Operations and Agile Systems (Pauline Found and James Lyons)

Part IV: Emerging Themes and Research Domains of POM

15. The Management of Start Ups (Nitin Joglekar, Sinan Erzurumlu, and Moren Levesque)

16. Sustainable Operations (Asoo J. Vakharia, Tharanga Rajapakshe, Lan Wang, and Arda Yenipazarli)

17. The Interdependence of Big Data and Operations Management (Kaushik Dutta, Subodha Kumar, and Abhijeet Ghoshal)

18. Logistics Clusters: Engines for Benefits, Employment and Environmental Innovation (Yossi Sheffi and Liliana Rivera-Virgüez)                                                                                

19. Human Behavior in Operations (Elliot Bendoly, Adam McClintock, and Rahul Pandey)

Part V: POM Interface with Other Functions

20.  Production and Operations Management and Accounting (Thomas Hemmer and Eva Labro)

21.  POM and Finance (John Birge)

22. POM and Marketing (Manoj Malhotra and Ram Janakiraman)

23.  The Strategic Role of HR in Enabling POM (Robert Prescott, Henrique Correa, and Adeola Shabiyi)

Part VI: POM Domains of Application

24.  POM and Retailing (Vishal Gaur)                                                                                               

25.  POM for Hospitality (Lee Cockerell and Rohit Verma)

26.  POM for Healthcare (Vedat Verter)

27.  POM for Entertainment (Rich Taylor and Andy Taylor)

28.  POM for Sports (David Bamford, Benjamin Dehe, Iain Reid, Jim Bamford, and Marina Papalexi)

29.  POM for Government, Public Policy and the Law (Edward Anderson and Geoffrey Parker)

30.  POM for Agribusiness and the Natural Sciences (Nicola Shadbolt and David Gray)

31.  POM and the Military (Keenan Yoho and Wayne P. Hughes, Jr.)

32.  POM in Not-for-Profit (George Shanthikumar)

33.  POM in Telecommunications (Subodha Kumar, Kaushik Dutta, and Yonghua Ji)

34.  POM for Disaster Management (Peter Robertson, Sushil K. Gupta, and Martin K. Starr)

                                                                                                                                                   35.  POM Teaching and Education (Luis Solis)

36.  POM for Transport and Logistics (Dongping Song)

Part VII: POM – The Next Era

37.  The Evolutionary Trends of POM Research in Services (Andy Neely)                                                                  

38.  Evolutionary Trends in Global Sourcing, Procurement, and Distribution Research and Practice (Edwin Keh)

39.  Best Practices in e-commerce supply chain management (Gang Yu and Ping Yang)

40.  Conclusion: The Summing Up of the POM Domain (Sushil K. Gupta and Martin K. Starr)

About the Editors

Martin K. Starr is Distinguished Professor of Production and Operations Management Emeritus at Rollins College, and Emeritus Senior Professor of Operations Research, Management Science, and Operations Management at Columbia University, both in the USA. He is a past president of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). He is Director of Strategic Planning for POMS.

Sushil K. Gupta is Professor in the College of Business at Florida International University, USA, and an honorary professor at Universidad Ricardo Palma, Peru. He is one of the founding members and a past president of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) and serves on the advisory board of the Production and Operations Management journal. He is the Executive Director of POMS.

About the Series

Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting

Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting are prestige reference works which provide an overview of a whole subject area or sub-discipline. These books survey the state of the discipline including emerging and cutting edge areas. Providing a comprehensive, up to date, definitive work of reference, Routledge Companions can be cited as an authoritative source on the subject.

Edited by an array of highly regarded scholars, these volumes also benefit from teams of contributors which reflect an international range of perspectives. Individually, Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting provide an impactful one-stop-shop resource for each theme covered. Collectively, they represent a comprehensive learning and research resource for researchers, postgraduate students and reflective practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Operations Research
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management